Terry Fox, the full name was Terrance Stanley Fox CC OD and he was a Canadian athlete, cancer research activist, and humanitarian. At the age of 18 years, when he lost his right leg to cancer, he decided to run across Canada in order to raise money 1 million dollars and awareness for cancer research.
Due to suffering from cancer his one leg have been amputated in 1980.
Born: 28 July 1958, Winnipeg, Canada
Died: 28 June 1981, Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster, Canada
He was born on 28 July 1958, in Winnipeg, Canada to Betty Fox, Rolly Fox, and lived with her siblings, Darrell Fox, Fred Fox, Judith Fox.
Due to cancer diagnosis, he died on 28 June 1981, Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster, Canada
A documentary film was made in 2010, Into the Wind; on behalf of his life story and struggle.
He was a British Columbia, at his youngest age (18 Years) he was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right knee, with the bits of help of chemotherapy and in his right knee amputation implanted him with an artificial leg and such eye-watering memory of those still in the cancer ward.
He decided to do something about that kind of kids who are the same age or younger, do something about it, so Terry trained on his new leg for 14 months.
He told his family that he would run east to west across Canada hoping to raise 1 million dollars for cancer research.
Where He Started His Travelling
On April 12, 1980, at the easternmost point of Canada, he started the Marathon of Hope and he does it running by 26 miles every single day.
His best friend Dough Alward and brother Daryl follow him on the street in support and help.
He rise up and started his Marathon at 4 a.m. to cover 12 miles distance and do 14 miles in the afternoon. This Marathon was done by him at the age of 21 years only to seek donations. Across lonely expanses of highway in Toronto, thousands of people have surrounded that road where he passed away and cheered him for Canadians.
Now he become an inspirational hero but what was the thing that inspired Terry, were the children he was trying so hard to help children like Greg Scott. Greg Scott was also a Cancer diagnosed patient for which Terry wants to do something. So he decided to give himself an afternoon off from the Marathon of hope to swim with Greg.
It was just the fourth day off in 137 days on the road.
When he approached the city of Thunder Bay on 1st September, Terry Fox had run 3339 miles on the road.
A stretch of road on this white marker was made when he asked to be taken to the hospital, The word written on this white marker is
“MARATHON OF HOPE”
September 1, 1980
Terry passed away on June 28, 1981.
Terry Fox Photos
The most inspiring day of his life when I was met with Greg Scott, 10 years child who was also suffered from this Cancer disease and he is going through the same thing that he went through exactly the same thing.
Updated in 2021: More than $850M has now been raised in Terry’s name.